Fake picture of Jordan Poole's alleged eye injury goes viral after Draymond Green incident

Joshua Rogers October 9, 2022
Fake picture of Jordan Poole's alleged eye injury goes viral after Draymond Green incident
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A fake picture of Jordan Poole’s alleged eye injury went viral on Twitter in the aftermath of the Draymond Green incident and fans wanted to know if it was real.

As first reported by by The Athletic, an altercation broke out between Draymond Green and Jordan Poole during Warriors team practice session on Wednesday (October 5, 2022).

The altercation reportedly began with the two players trash-talking before Green got in Poole’s face, resulting in Green punching Poole. 

Video footage was then leaked to TMZ, who obtained the video, despite practice being closed to the media. It is unclear how it leaked but ESPN reported that the Warriors are “aggressively investigating” the incident.

Draymond Green ‘stepping away for a few days’

On Saturday (8 October), Draymond Green publicly apologized for the incident with his teammate earlier in the week.

“I was wrong for my actions that took place on Wednesday and for that, I have apologized to my team,” Green told reporters Saturday. “I have apologized to Jordan.”

Green added he’s going to step away from the team for at least “a few days” so the Warriors can “start their healing.” The four-time All-Star said he will take the challenge to “right the ship,” which he said would not be an “easy process.”

“But I also look forward to continuing to better myself and my emotional state and how I deal with my emotions,” he said. “I think that one thing that I lack is how to let emotions out.”

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Fake picture of Jordan Poole’s eye injury goes viral

Jordan Poole has not spoken to the media since the incident. On Thursday, Golden State general manager Bob Myers told reporters that the team practiced without Green, including Poole.

“Everybody’s fine,” Myers said. “Jordan practiced [on Thursday], Draymond didn’t.

Over the weekend, a fake picture of Jordan Poole’s eye injury went viral on Twitter. The fake image, which generated lots of engagement, shows Poole looking at the camera with a rather large purple bruise above his left eye.

However, the image is not real and has been photoshopped with another picture. This fake image also has Poole wearing a gold hoop earring in his left ear, something the Warriors man does not have.

People are understandably curious to hear from Poole after such a publicised incident, but he has kept quiet. However, we do know he has continued to practice.

On Saturday night NBA reporter Jason Dumas shared footage of Poole working out with the Warriors working on his floater:

Head coach Steve Kerr has said there is “no set date” for when Green will be back and that it would be determined based on private discussions among everyone involved.

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Joshua is a Senior Sports Writer at GRV Media with over five years of experience in online writing and editing. After receiving a BA (Hons) in Ancient History and an MA in Sports Journalism, he became a writer for a leading social publisher with over 7 million Facebook followers. Joshua then joined Reach PLC, covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online and regional publications like the Liverpool Echo. He then moved to a social media marketing agency and content studio, Brave Bison, acting as Website Editor for The Hook. Joshua now oversees all sports content on The Focus, specializing in NBA, NFL, F1, and tennis, while also keeping a close eye on his beloved Manchester United.